Transport for London pulled this road safety announcement from VCCP after, yes, a Twitter ‘storm’ resulting in some 70 complaints so far. Mainly cycling supporters, it seems, who object to being seen as (unwitting) threats on the road, like cars.
? 71% of Londoners think road users are not as considerate as they should be, but only 9% think they could be more considerate themselves.
We all need to do our part to make our streets safer.
– Transport to London (@TfL) November 17, 2021
Of course, as radio host Jeremy Vine pointed out, cycles are hardly the life-threatening that unworkable cars are. We live in a 20mph zone where the average speed of cars is at least 40, because that dear old Haringey council won’t install cameras.
But cyclists sometimes seem willing to think of themselves as a species with special rights (saving the planet and all that) though they often ignore traffic lights and the like – and pedestrians. Electric scooters made the situation worse.
The VCCP’s call for a little more understanding and tolerance is certainly on point.